Apprenticeships include two training aspects, ‘on-the-job’ and ‘off-the-job’. Employers are responsible for developing the on-the-job activities to complete the job role to which Apprentices have been assigned.

Within on-the-job training, there will be training and activities which may fall outside of the Apprenticeship remit yet are a requirement to ensure performance in the role itself. Examples of on-the-job training may include teaching organisational processes, training to use equipment or machinery, or supervision to perform job duties, as would be the case with any other employee.

Additional support and supervision could include:

  • The company induction procedure.
  • One-to-one guidance.
  • Performance measurement.
  • Social integration into the workforce.

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Off-the-job training is linked to the Apprenticeship and will be set by the training provider. This element of the Apprenticeship is designed to ensure that the Apprentice learns the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship framework, to achieve occupational competence.

The Apprentice must legally be given 20% of their working time to complete off-the-job training, which may include attending classes or lectures, working on assignments or other activities which the training provider sets. The employer, Apprentice and training provider can work together to plan the appropriate time to fulfil this element, meeting the needs of both the business and the Apprenticeship.